Precarious Times for Central Asian Migrants in Russia

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Russia has become a magnet for migrant workers from other post-Soviet countries, especially Central Asians. Although Russian business elites generally welcome this cheap labor source, the government has deferred to, and at times encouraged, xenophobic popular sentiment. Steadily tightening immigration rules have forced many foreign workers into the informal economy, where they are vulnerable to exploitation. The pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have only added to their difficulties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-263
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent History
Issue number819
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 21

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Law and Society

Free keywords

  • COVID 19
  • migration politics
  • Central Asian migrants
  • Russia


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